MusicFest Aberystwyth Advanced Composition Course

Expiration of Opportunity: 
Sat, 2017-04-15

Musicfest Aberystwyth Advanced Composition Course, for composers of postgraduate or early professional level, co-directed by Arlene Sierra (Cardiff University) and Kenneth Hesketh (Royal College of Music).

The course will consist of regular sessions alternating with workshops, as well as performance opportunities with detailed feedback from resident and visiting composers and performers. Students will work on a new composition for the resident ensemble Solem Quartet, which will be rehearsed and performed as part of the Musicfest Aberystwyth main programme. Successful applicants will also receive additional workshop opportunities with festival ensembles and soloists suited to composers’ particular experience and approach. An orchestral reading session will be available for short original works (the exact instrumentation will be provided at the time of acceptance) with the Orion Orchestra.

Course activities
Presentation/discussion of participants’ music
Workshops and talks with Musicfest guest soloists, and with the resident ensemble Solem Quartet
Seminar on collaboration and promotion between Composers and Conductors
Seminars and presentations with visiting composers
A premiere performed in the Musicfest Aberystwyth main programme, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, by Solem Quartet
Orchestral reading of a short work given by the Orion Orchestra and an assigned student conductor
Students will have access to pianos, keyboards, computers, printing facilities and audio equipment.
Details about specific projects will be provided at the time of acceptance into the programme.

For less experienced composers, enrolling as an observer is recommended, allowing active participation in classes and discussions, and the opportunity to learn from observing all classes and rehearsals.
Early application is advised as places are limited to eight students, selected by CV and portfolio comprised of two scores, with two audio recordings of recent works – at least one recording and score should be of the same material.

MusicFest Aberystwyth is a unique festival and international summer school which takes place annually in Aberystwyth with a main concert programme of popular and rarely heard works which take place in the Great Hall concert auditorium at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and a Fringe festival which takes place throughout the town allowing opportunities for musicians to engage with new audiences through concerts and recitals in shops, in museums, on trains, on street corners, in the National Library of Wales, in galleries and hotels. The MusicFest experience is eight days when all guest artists, summer school students and audiences can fully immerse themselves in music within a unique community atmosphere with the inspirational backdrop of the Cardigan coastline and the Snowdonia National Park.

Published date: 
1 Apr 2017